There are generally many reasons due to which you may have to reset your wifi router. The most common of them is the fact that you have forgotten your current wifi login id and password. Uncommonly, the router may also have some connection errors frequently which is basically a software issue and needs to be fixed by resetting to the default setting.
Don’t worry; it isn’t a jargon to reset your router to default settings. The procedure given below is applicable to all the companies out there including TP-Link, Netgear, Thomson, CenturyLink, Billion, Aztech, 2Wire, Gigabyte, Netopia etc. We will be discussing on two types of methods via which you can reset your router namely- manual or hard reset and soft reset i.e. via the web admin.
Different Methods to Reset Your Wifi Router:
Please keep in mind that once you reset your router, a lot of your settings are going to be changed or lost as well. The following will be requiring a configuration after the reset of the router to factory default settings.
- Username and Password of your Router.
- Your Wifi Username and Password.
- The ISP Username and Password.
- Firewall settings.
- Portforwards which has been set up earlier.
Method1: Reset Your Router Manually:
This method is usually given in the user manual as well. Here’s how to reset your router to default settings manually.
- Turn your router upside down or turn it at the back and you’ll find a very tiny red or black button.
- This is your Restore to settings or Reset button.
- Using a paper clip or any other thin object, press the router button for around 20 seconds.
- The device will indicate the reset or reboot by blinking the router lights or maybe just flash them for a few seconds.
- If you have an older model of the router, you may have to turn off the router, reset and then turn it on again.
Method2: Reset Your Router Manually Via Web Admin:
This method includes in you knowing your IP address. In order to find the IP address-
- Press Windows and ‘R’ simultaneously.
- Type ‘cmd’ in the pop-up that appears.
- Type ‘ipconfig’ in the administration window.
You have to search for ‘Gateway’ which will indicate your IP address.
- Now that you have your IP address, let’s get to the method.
- Next is to type your IP address in the web browser and press enter.
It will lead you to the web page of your router. There will be different sub-categories. Locate the ‘restore settings option’. Mostly it will be under Advanced.
- Click on ‘Restore settings’.
- Your router will reset on its own.
These were the two easy methods through which you can reset your router to default settings. Some of the new models do offer a backup of the router settings. We strongly recommend you to write down your new configurations and back up the same after the fresh reset of the router.